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A DICTIONARY, BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, &c.

EXPLAINING EVERY DIFFICULTY, AND RENDERING THE WHOLE

EASY TO BE UNDERSTOOD.

AND

QUESTIONS FOR EXAMINATION

AT THE END OF EACH SECTION,

BESIDES A VARIETY OF VALUABLE INFORMATION, ADDED

THROUGHOUT THE WORK.

CONSISTING OF
Useful and Correct GENEALOGICAL TA- An account of the Idols worshipped by
BLES of the Sovereigns of England, from the Saxons.

EGBERT to WILLIAM THE FOURTH. Remarks on the Politics, Manners, and
Tables of CONTEMPORARY SOVEREIGNS Literature of the Age.
and EMINENT PERSONS.

An Outline of the Constitution, &c. &c.

THE WHOLE ILLUSTRATED BY
COPIOUS EXPLANATORY NOTES, A CLASSICAL AND MODERN
MAP OF ENGLAND AND WALES, AND PORTRAITS

OF THE SOVEREIGNS.

“ ENGLAND! WITH ALL THY FAULTS, I LOVE THEE STILL."

TWENTY-SECOND EDITION, REVISED,

BY W. C. TAYLOR, M.A.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR WHITTAKER, TREACHER, & CO.

AVE-MARIA LANE.

1831.

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GILBERT & RIVINGTON, Printers, St. John's Square, London. PREFACE.

It is universally admitted, that every person ought to be acquainted with the history of his own country, and that it cannot be too early implanted in the minds of youth; but how much more important is it, that, in acquiring this knowledge, a respect for those laws and institutions which our ancestors took so much pains to establish, should be inculcated, and that sound principles should be disseminated! That few authors could be better qualified for the undertaking than the learned Oliver Goldsmith, will not be disputed ; and his “HISTORY OF ENGLAND” has accordingly been received with general approbation : but it is equally important that the “ Continuation" should be neither negligently compiled, nor intentionally made the vehicle of conveying opinions dangerous to the welfare of the State ; and it is of the utmost consequence that our Youth should not be contaminated with principles subversive to that glorious edifice—the British Constitution. How far the Editor has succeeded, he must leave to the decision of better judges than himself-that he has not wilfully mis-stated any fact, or suffered himself to be warped by party prejudice, he can conscientiously affirm.

ADVERTISEMENT

TO THE TWENTY-SECOND EDITION.

The proprietors of the improved editions of Goldsmith's three histories of England, Rome, and Greece, have had the pleasing satisfaction of finding their cares rewarded by the universal approbation of the public, and the three volumes introduced as historical class-books into almost all the best schools in the United Kingdom. Grateful for the encouragement they have received from the public, the proprietors have spared neither labour nor expense in making each successive edition worthy of continued patronage. Every year they have added a summary of the events of the preceding, so as to bring down the history to the very day of publication. But while this edition was preparing for the press, the death of his gracious majesty George IV. produced a new epoch in the annals of England,

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